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Genus Cressa Family Convolvulaceae

Description: Perennial subshrubs with erect or ascending branches.

Leaves small, simple, entire; hairs bifid.

Flowers terminal in leafy spikes or heads, bracteolate. Sepals 5, free, subequal. Corolla campanulate, shortly 5-lobed, lobes hairy, ± hooded. Stamens 5, ± equal in length, laterally fused at the base with occasional tubercles at the point of attachment. Disc not prominent. Ovary ellipsoid, partly or completely 2-locular with 2 ovules per loculus, densely hairy in the upper half; styles 2, fused in the lower half, stigmas capitate.

Capsule ovoid, splitting longitudinally into 2–4 valves, usually 1-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species, tropical & warm-temp. regions. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by R. W. Johnson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Cressa australis

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